Have you gotten the appeal of Donald Trump? No? Well, Chad starts the show sharing the perspective of Wednesday’s packed Trump rally at the Crown Coliseum attended by Civitas Communication Director Jim Tynen. Jim says Trump speaks in short, simple phrases that are clear and go to the heart of what many Americans see as the biggest problems in the nation. Chad explains that we’re seeing a revolution and if we see a brokered convention, it will not be forgotten quickly.
Next, Civitas Center for Law and Freedom Staff Attorney and host of Friday radio show, “Closing Arguments,” Elliot Engstrom comes in to break down the ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding issuing “Choose Life” license tags approved by lawmakers in 2011. Elliot explains the basis for the decision goes back to a case in Texas over Confederate flags on vehicle tags. Chad asks Elliot what the difference is between government speech and free speech. Elliot says government speech is when the government is speaking for itself. Examples can be found on signs in government buildings. He says he likes this decision because it’s not muddy. Chad says he attended a breakout session that Elliot spoke at during CLC where he explained standing. Elliot defined standing as the right to legally take something to court. For example, Elliot says, if you are struck by someone, you have the legal “standing” to file charges against that person. This is a great segment that breaks down hard to understand current legal issues.
In the second hour, Civitas Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick joins us. She breaks down the latest on next week’s primary, what will be on the ballot, and if that ballot will be counted. Chad cast his ballot this morning and noticed there was a choice of “no preference” in the presidential primary. He asks why that was added. She explains lawmakers chose to track voters who didn’t prefer any of the candidates, but adds she always thought not voting for anyone was indicating that very same non-preference. She also says there is an unaffiliated ballot this year that only has the bond issue on it. Susan tells Chad over 400,000 people have cast ballots so far even with the voter i.d. requirement. That’s 100,000 more ballots that were cast at this same time in 2012. She says only 199 voters have claimed hardship issues for not having an i.d. and many were from the Duke area. Chad asks when we’ll have all the early voting numbers. Susan says probably by Tuesday since some counties are slow in reporting. She says Civitas will be keeping track of what happens across the state next Tuesday since it’s likely we’ll have groups of people being dropped at the wrong precinct to cause disruption. Chad is amazed that actually happens.
Finally, many want a hike in the minimum wage, but what are the unintended consequences of doing it? Chad shares an article that breaks down what the University of Oregon will have to do as the minimum wage is increased. Can you say faculty and student job cuts, tuition hikes and curriculum changes?